Green advocates hoping for some serious words out of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address were not disappointed, as the president hammered home the goal of his administration to champion renewable energy and other eco-friendly initiatives. He urged both chambers of Congress to continue pursuing policies that support innovation and cost-effectiveness, saying that Americans can’t afford to miss out on the 21st-century green revolution.
There were several intriguing proposals and calls to action that came out of the speech. The president advocated creating an “Energy Security Trust” that would allow the government to help fund new breakthroughs in clean power technology. He suggested that the country’s business community was firmly behind this proposition, and said that states with the right ideas would be able to access these funds.
President Obama also called upon state and local leaders to institute measures that would cut household energy waste by half before the end of the decade. This ambitious goal would require a lot of work, but the president argued that consumer solutions exist that would help accomplish this feat within the timeframe he proposed.
The president also took on the topic of climate change directly, saying that severe droughts, bigger storms and higher temperatures were more than enough evidence for the U.S. government to take sincere and proactive measures.
“Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend,” President Obama said. “But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”
We’ll be looking to the Obama administration to roll out some of these efforts in the coming months. To learn more, stay with the LifeIsGreen.com blog.